Subject: News/USA: LAWYER PLEADS GUILTY IN ADOPTION SCHEME - VILLA PARK ATTORNEY FACES
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Date: Mon Mar 27 2000 - 11:44:04 EST
18Mar00 USA: LAWYER PLEADS GUILTY IN ADOPTION SCHEME - VILLA PARK ATTORNEY
FACES 15 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR ...
By MATTHEW EBNET, TIMES STAFF WRITER.
Lawyer Pleads Guilty in Adoption Scheme - Villa Park attorney faces 15
years in federal prison for scheme that recruited pregnant Hungarian women.
LEAD: An Orange County adoption attorney pleaded guilty Friday to
recruiting pregnant Hungarian women to sell their babies to California
couples, authorities said.
According to U.S. District Court officials, Janice J. Doezie, 49, of Villa
Park, admitted to participating in the illegal cash-for-babies scheme,
committing visa fraud and persuading "illegal aliens to come to the United
As part of a plea agreement reached with prosecutors, Doezie "admitted that
Hungarian birth mothers and parents were recruited to come to the United
States to give up their children in exchange for money," according to a
statement by federal prosecutor Daniel McCurrie. When Hungarians did not
receive visas, Doezie helped arrange for birth mothers and children to be
smuggled into the United States via Canada, the statement said.
Doezie is free on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to be sentenced June 19.
She faces 15 years in federal prison. Without the plea agreement, she could
have faced 70 years in prison.
Federal and foreign agencies-the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service, the
Border Patrol, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Hungarian national
police-investigated Doezie and others who worked with her. Doezie, who
could not be reached for comment late Friday, was arrested in September and
named in a nine-count federal indictment.
At the time, her lawyer Lloyd Freeberg of Fullerton said Doezie was stunned
by the arrest because she had been cooperating with federal authorities in
a three-year investigation.
"She participated in a small number of adoptions," her lawyer said then,
adding that Doezie stopped working with the Hungarian group as soon as she
realized its tactics were illegal.
Her lawyer said at the time that Doezie "has natural sympathy and a desire
to help people have children. She is a mother who adopted children on her
own, and she wanted to help others. That's why she went into this
business," he said. Doezie has a biological son, 31, and two adopted
children, 8 and 9.
The indictment accused Doezie of helping orchestrate two Orange County
adoptions in the mid-1990s. It alleged that she persuaded an Orange County
couple to write a bogus letter inviting a young Hungarian woman to visit
and then falsified paperwork to secure a visa. Later, a member of Doezie's
office staff helped to smuggle the woman across the Canadian border into
Washington state, officials said.
The practice of bringing pregnant foreign women into the United States to
arrange adoptions is widespread, experts say. The bartering of foreign
babies, known as "parachute kids," is fueled in part by foreign women who
are desperate for money, officials said. American couples typically were
charged $12,000 to $20,000 for blond, blue-eyed babies, although one couple
paid $80,000, authorities say.
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